PHINNEY, LOUISE SNOW (1902 ~ 1994) Louise Phinney was born December 28, 1902 on a ranch near Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas. Her parents were Mattie Yancey and Claude Somerville Snow, a historic New England family that settled in Texas during the Republic.
Phinney spent much of her younger years on ranches near San Angelo and in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. She was educated at Southwest Texas State Teachers College and the University of Texas Law School.
Phinney was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1935. She served as the elected Chief Clerk of the Texas House of Representatives from 1927-1939, the first woman Chief Clerk in the United States. She appointed two committee clerks who would eventually become governor, Allan Shivers and John Connally.
Phinney also served as Parliamentarian of the State Bar of Texas for 25 years and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States having been sponsored by Senator Price Daniel.
Phinney belonged to the Highland Park United Methodist Church, was a charter member of the Austin Woman's Club, a co-founder of the Austin Woman's Club, a co-founder of the Women's Council of Dallas County, Inc., a past president of the Marianne Scruggs Garden Club and a former member of the Jane Douglas Chapter other DAR, the 36th Division Auxiliary, Craig Class, The Dallas Women's Club and the Dallas Country Club.
Phinney died on August 24, 1994 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery three days later.
Information provided by Austin American-Statesman obituary, August 25, 1994 and supplemented by Texas State Cemetery file materials.